And we’re back!

SpokenWord open mic au Chat Noir every Monday from 8th January 2018.
AWOL Writers’ Group at Shakes & Co every Sunday from 7th January. 

SpokenWord Paris is one pole of a nomadic tribe of people who love poetry, writing and song. A home for creatives and lost anglophones. We do an open mic night called SpokenWord every Monday au Chat Noir and an allied writers’ workshop at Shakespeare & Company (every Sunday.) We do a literary journal called The Bastille and Tightrope Books published many of us in the book “Strangers in Paris.” Click on the blue stamp on the right to sign up to the mailing list.

Open mic/scène ouverte: Performance poetry. Lire vivant. Poésie sonore. Stand up. Monologue. Stories. Beat poetry. Spoken word. English. Français. Your own original texts. Old texts from Rimbaud to Dr Seuss, Beowulf to Gil Scott-Heron. Chacun a son mot à dire. Make the words come alive…………………….. Acoustic songs also welcome.

SpokenWord Sounds
Some podcasts from Monday nights au Chat Noir, by Victor. Listen or download here.

Starts again 4th Sept. Then every Monday Au Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up 8pm to 9.30pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground. Check out the Practical info page for more info. Paris’ biggest and longest-running English open mic night, started in 2006. All langues welcome. Entry one euro.

Check next week’s theme here

AWOL Writers’ Group – free!
6.30pm-8.30pm every Sunday at Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005. Free. Bring your writing or just come and listen join the discussion. Hosted by Bruce Sherfield and Simon Millward. Description Join us afterwards for a drink.

Chat Noir sketch drawn by Allison Iwata.

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Ed Bell to Guest at SpokenWord Paris January 15th–Monday’s Theme: Betrayal

26829807_10159934096895014_103515330_oHost and editor at Paris Lit Up and pianist and mouth harpist for Idiot Waltz, Ed Bell has his ass between two chairs. Sprinkle theatrical ambitions into the mix, and you have a disaster musical waiting to happen. Ferociously juggling elements of melody, perception, rhythm, colouring, depth, nonchalance and the wrongs man hands on to man, the ensemble will resonate in your mind, like the echoes of footfalls in an immemorial past.

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James Berg to Guest at SpokenWord Paris January 8th–Monday’s Theme: Stars

Berg PicDividing his time between the United States and France, James Berg performs as a poet, musician, and storyteller. He ‘poems’ on a vintage Brother typewriter in museums, galleries, and events as part of the collaborative, Poems While You Wait. His songwriting, also collaborative, has been produced by Americana folk/rock musicians and was included in Old Shoe’s Family, named by WXRT as Chicago’s best album of the year. James teaches college literature and writing courses. He’s finishing an MFA at Northwestern University. His poetry, fiction, and nonfiction are available at Shakespeare and Company and bookshop in Paris and elsewhere.

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Ryan Hamilton to Guest at SpokenWord Paris December 18th–Monday’s Theme: Love!–Don’t Hate

FullSizeRenderRyan Hamilton is a 24 year old poet, father to his son, Zayn, and student in West Virginia who believes in the power of love. His two books “A Real Love Story” (2012) “Let’s Change the World: The Misfit Kid” (2017) are proof of his dedication to writing and his desire to reach out to others that he might make a difference in this world. He has performed at poetry clubs, schools,on television, in malls, hotels, bookstores and book festivals Just five years ago he was selling his poetry in pamphlet-form to random people on the streets.”So, this is really important to me” he says. He hopes you will come join him this Monday at SpokenWord. Says Ryan, ”I can’t believe that now ,I’m actually getting the opportunity.

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Andrew Sweeny to Guest at SpokenWord Paris December 11th–Monday’s Theme: Duality

Born in 1971, Andrew is a Canadian born musician, writer, teacher, and poetic adventurer who has lived in the Paris area since 2003.  Andrew has released a couple of folk music albums in France and continues to be a prolific songwriter, performing in local Parisian cafes and cabarets. Critics have compared his lyrical songs to Leonard Cohen, and in the late 1990’s Cohen was his slum landlord in Montreal, where he performed with Rufus and Martha Wainwright, God Speed You Black emperor, and countless other greats.  Currently, he is turning his book on Leonard Cohen into a podcast. Following in the footsteps of Cohen Andrew is a literary songwriter and has a degree in  literature McGill University.  He has spent the last few years teaching at different Paris Universities, as well as writing and recording songs, poems, essays, and short stories.  His writing can be found on Medium  Twitter and Facebook.  He has also published essays for Elephant journal and poems for Sophia Imaginalis.Andrew Reading poetry at agora

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Guest poet on December 4th – Lisa Pasold

Theme: the corner pub

Lisa Pasold is a Canadian novelist, journalist and poet, who lives inParis. Her 2012 book of poetry, “Any Bright Horse” was shortlisted for Canada’s Governor General’s Award. In the course of research, Lisa has been thrown off a train in Belarus, has eaten the world’s best pigeon pie in Marrakech, and been cheated & gotten her winnings back (!!) in Venetian gambling halls.

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Sarah Saltiel to Guest at SpokenWord Paris November 20th–Monday’s Theme: Echoes of the Past

17554269_1637177992962252_2255846213583751996_nSarah “Sam” Saltiel is a queer nonbinary transmedia artist based in Chicago where she is finishing up a triple major in English, Visual Arts, and Creative Writing. She’s been writing since second grade, when she made her first attempt at writing a book by the title of “Kung Fu Kitty”, about a cheetah with wings that did kung fu. She’s spent the rest of her writing career trying to live up to that high bar, and trying to exercise restraint in not getting a tattoo of every beautiful piece of writing that she encounters. She is currently working on editing a manuscript of a novel, and on editing a tabletop rpg that she designed based on the concepts of anxiety. She believes in making writing as accessible as possible and in breaking down the hierarchy in literature. In both her poetry and prose she experiments with form in efforts to push language to its potential. In her writing, as well as in her art, she examines the body in its relationship to the self and she delves into themes of gender, loneliness, and mental health. Her publications include “A Manual to Understanding Your Breath, Curing Your Anxiety, and Other Faux Sciences” in Duende, “This is How You Lose Him” in Memoryhouse Magazine, “Your Trial” in Sliced Bread Magazine, A Year’s Worth of Oxygen in Récolte Poetry Anthology, and “A Thousand Ways to Die on a Greyhound” (Excerpt) in Blacklight Magazine.

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Richard Earls to Guest at SpokenWord Paris November 13th–Monday’s Theme: The Human Condition

richard grimRichard Earls writes and performs poetry and songs on the UK and Paris spoken word circuit on subjects as diverse as love, war, family, death and desperation on the dance floor. A musician and songwriter for four decades, he was involved in the mid-80s UK jazz/pop scene (CBS LP Compilation, Get Wise and Virgin/Paladin release Pull Me UP). Following his conspicuous lack of success as a pop star, he moved to France to bring up his family with his wife, Deby. Years later, a chance encounter with a homeless GI, begging on Market Street, San Francisco provided what the French call a ‘déclic’ which resulted in a flood of poems and songs which would become his Older Wiser Harder collection. Richard is now a regular at venues such as The Poetry Cafe, Talking Rhythm, Rags and Tatters, Paris Lit Up, Spoken Word Paris, Rhyme and Reason, Listen Softly London and 1000 Monkeys.
Press accolades include: “At Frome, he was bordering a well-received realm inhabited by John Cooper Clarke and those rapid fire vers libre readings that were prevalent in beatnik circles in the late 1950s – early 1960s – but with an in-built element peculiar to himself.” Alan Clayson, music journalist, biographer and musician
“.. Richard could be a more eloquent, grown up and infinitely less annoying Mike Skinner meets a pan european John Cooper Clarke … » Andy von Pip, music journalist, the Von Pip Musical Express
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Nina Zivancevic to Guest at SpokenWord Paris November 6th—Monday’s Theme: War and Peace

IMG_3788Nina Zivancevic –Poet, essayist, fiction writer, playwright, art critic, translator and contributing editor to NY ARTS magazine from Paris, Serbian-born Nina Zivancevic has published 12 books of poetry. She has also written three books of short stories, two novels and a book of essays on Milosh Crnjanski (her doctoral thesis) published in Paris, New York and Belgrade. The recipient of three literary awards, a former assistant and secretary to Allen Ginsberg, she has also edited and participated in numerous anthologies of contemporary world poetry.
As editor and  correspondent she has contributed to New York Arts Magazine, Modern Painters, American Book Review, East Village Eye, Republique de lettres. She has lectured at Naropa University, New York University, the Harriman Institute and St.John’s University in the U.S., she has taught English language and literature at La Sorbonne ( Paris I and V) and the History of Avant-garde Theatre at Paris 8 University in France and at numerous universities and colleges in Europe.
She has actively worked for theatre and radio: 4 of her plays were performed and emitted in the U.S. and Great Britain.  In New York she had worked with the “Living Theatre” and the members of the “Wooster Group”.  She lives and works in Paris.

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Emily RK to Guest at SpokenWord Paris October 30th–Monday’s Theme: The Dead

photoERK2Emily RK is a writer, translator and journalist who has been living in Paris for 8 years. She started writing poetry at 11 years old, but has never sought to publish her work. Instead, she gets her poetry rocks off by co-hosting the weekly Paris Lit Up open mic, running literary tours in Europe and acting as an editor for the annual PLU magazine, now in its fifth year. Emily has a Bachelor of Arts in English and French Literature from the University of Warwick, UK, a Masters in Comparative French and English Literature from the Sorbonne – with a focus on les poètes maudits – and a beagle.

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Steve Dalachinsky to Guest at SpokenWord Paris October 23rd–Monday’s Theme: Success/Failure

steve dalachinsky (in my words and not his) is a an American treasure. Active in the poetry, music, art, and free jazz scene, his work has appeared extensively in journals on & off line  He has written liner notes for the CDs of many well-known recording artists His 1999 CD, Incomplete Direction (Knitting Factory Records), a collection of his poetry read in collaboration with various musicians, garnered wide1623600_10151856663611330_465616496_n attention and praise. He has written countless books, made almost as many recordings– among them– The Final Nite (complete notes from a Charles Gayle Notebook, Ugly Duckling Presse 2006) which won the 2007 Josephine Miles PEN National Book Award. ). He has read throughout the N.Y. area, the U.S., Japan and Europe, including France and Germany. He has participated in the Poetry Biennial Festival of Val de Marne, the Sons d’Hiver Festival of Paris and the Grim Festival in Marseilles. He is a contributing writer to the Brooklyn Rail. He has recently been nominated for a PEN Oakland Lifetime Achievement Award though he’s not sure why. He’d like you to know that he is born in Brooklyn and died in Montmartre. I think he likes it here.

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